Lots of farting around & falling in love; bream fishing; starting little business enterprises to pay for Rooster Tail lures.
Went flyfishing for the first time in the Smokies & caught a little Rainbow trout on an Adams dry fly; I was hooked.
More farting around; lots of travel in Europe & Central America; heard some good news: saving the world isn’t up to me.
Graduated summa cum laude from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a B.A. in English; speaking of, where is that piece of paper now?
Taught high school English, though “taught” is a generous word; found my first gray hair.
Moved to Knoxville; started grad school; didn’t die.
Graduated from UT Knoxville with a Master of Arts in English; got a job at a marketing firm; learned a valuable lesson: art and commerce do, in fact, mix.
Started my own creative services business called Bright Newt; published “Polite Men with Matches” in Connecticut Review.
Won Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize for “Deer Hunting in Wartime”; married the lovely Megan Pearl.
Finished the Country Music Marathon; ran Ragnar Relay; Bright Newt expanded into software development.
Published my first app Mustache Bash; finished Nanowrimo (50,000 words in 30 days).
Welcomed Salem Pearl into the world; learned to sell shovels rather than go prospecting for gold; co-founded Closeup.fm.
Passed 1,000,000 in travel hacking miles and points; survived two startup accelerators; bought Megan a Honda Odyssey minivan & had a small identity crisis as a result.
Sold the Bright Newt app portfolio; took comfort in Adam Grant’s book Give and Take; welcomed Theodore Roger into the world